Azure Web Apps: What it is and how to get started

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Web apps are becoming more and more popular these days and it’s not hard to see why. They allow you to reach customers on the web using one of the most popular standards around – HTML, CSS and JavaScript – without having to worry about your own infrastructure, maintenance or scalability – Azure Web Apps do all that for you in the cloud.

The Microsoft Azure App Service not only adds security, load balancing, auto-scaling, and automated management functions to your application. Additionally, it offers features such as continuous deployment via Azure DevOps, GitHub, Docker Hub, and other sources, as well as package management, staging environments, custom domains, and TLS/SSL certificates.

If you are looking at creating an Azure web app that your customers can access from a browser (on their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone) then read on to learn what an Azure Web App is and how easy it is to get started with one.

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What is Azure Web App?

Azure App Service lets you host web applications, REST APIs, mobile apps, and mobile back ends on HTTP. You can use any language that you want – .NET, .NET Core, Java, Ruby, NodeJS, PHP, or Python.

  • Web apps can be built with ASP.NET, PHP, Node.js, and Python.
  • Besides Visual Studio and GitHub, they also incorporate common development environments.
  • Azure Web Apps enable you to build apps in Azure without having to deploy, configure, and maintain Azure VM.

Azure Web Apps

Azure Web Apps Features

  1. Multi-language support: Web Apps offers a wide variety of languages, including .NET, .NET Core, Java, Ruby, Node.js, PHP, and Python. Scripts or executables can also be used as background services.
  2. Deployment is Easy: Using DevOps, we can deploy our web apps directly from a repository such as Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub, and Bitbucket.
  3. Serverless code: Start a piece of code running on-demand, without having to provision or manage any infrastructure and paying only for the time that it actually runs.
  4. Application Templates: The Azure Marketplace offers a wide selection of application templates, including WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
  5. Security: The App Service is ISO, SOC, and PCI compliant. You can log in with your Azure Active Directory account, Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Microsoft account.

Azure Web Apps: Deploying Web Apps

To deploy your web apps, you can use a few different methods. you can manually copy the files using FTP or Transfer the files and folders from a cloud storage service, such as OneDrive or Dropbox, to App Service.

Deploying to Azure App Service is also supported by Web Deploy, which is an option with Visual Studio, WebMatrix, and Visual Studio Team Services. To upload code to the new web app and make it accessible for browsing, you need to configure deployment credentials.

If you are deploying through Git or FTP, you will need to configure deployment credentials. Knowledge of deployment credentials will allow you to upload the web app’s code and content to the new web app, to make it available for browsing.

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How to deploy an Azure Web App?

Task 1: Create

  • Go to the Azure portal and click + Create a resource.

Azure Web Apps: What it is and how to get started

  • To create a Web App resource, click on Web App.

Azure Web App services

  • Next, you need to fill out the app service plan, resource group, and name.

Azure Web Apps: What it is and how to get started

  • Click on Next: Docker > and now do the following configurations.

Image and Tab: mcr.microsoft.com/azuredocs/aci-helloworld

  • Startup command is optional keep it blank as it is not required.

 What it is Azure Web App

  • Click on Review + Create and then Create.

Task 2: Test the Web App

Before testing the web app, wait for the app to deploy.

  • Click on Go to Resource.
  • Copy the URL from the Overview tab.

  • Open the URL in the new tab or new browser. The welcome message: Welcome to Azure Container Instances! will be displayed on the screen.

You can scroll down in Overview Tab to observe several charts which track Data in, Data out, Response time, Requests, etc. You can try refreshing the URL page in step 3 to see the difference in charts.

Hurray! You have finally learnt how to create your first Web App using Azure Services.

Final Thoughts:

In a nutshell, Azure Web Apps are basically pre-configured solutions that provide you with a server/platform for your web application. You can create one with just a few clicks. Using one also frees you from having to deal with hardware and infrastructure issues so you can focus on writing great code. We hope you’ll give it a try! Leave us some feedback in the comments section below if you have any questions or thoughts. Thanks for reading!

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